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Malibu snatches GM car sales crown from Cruze

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Once General Motors best selling passenger car, the Lordstown-made Chevy Cruze has been dethroned by the carmaker's Malibu model.

Figures released on Wednesday show that sales of the compact car dipped more than 16% last year, falling from sales of 226,602 units in 2015 to 188,876 units in 2016.

Sales of the mid-size Malibu rose from 194,854 to 227,881 during the same period.

GM's larger vehicles fared even better than its cars last year.

Both Cruze and Malibu sales were eclipsed last year by sales of the crossover Equinox (242,195 units), as well as pickup trucks Sierra (221,680 units sold) and Silverado (574,876 units).

The figures echo General Motor's contention that consumer tastes are trending toward larger vehicles, including crossovers and trucks, possibly due to lower gasoline prices.

The shift in buyer preference is the reason General Motors gave when it announced plans to cut the third shift at the Cruze plant in Lordstown this year.

More than 1,200 workers will lose their jobs.

The Cruze grabbed national media attention this week when President-Elect Donald Trump posted a tweet threatening GM with slapping taxes on Cruze models being made in Mexico.

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